In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, the theme of acceptance is developed throughout the text. In the beginning of the poem the idea of a relationship is introduced, but that quickly takes a turn with the line, “Like a patient etherised upon a table”. We soon learn that Alfred Prufrock isn’t a wealthy man by seeing that he sleeps in cheap one-night hotel rooms. He soon begins to describe the women throughout his time outside of the room waiting, wanting to ask a question. Here we get the theme of acceptance. He wants to go talk to these upper-class girls and ask a question, but he is assuming he won’t be accepted by society. He says “they will say” and how he is “disrupting society”. In “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock”
By Wallace Stephens the theme is conformity. The sailor in the poem is the one who is going against society and is different. The message here is if all you do is choose to conform you might as well be a ghost. We can see the idea of ghost with the haunted houses and the white gowns. We must accept our differences. In the third poem, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”
by e. e. cummings, the theme is love/death and going through life. It’s about a male character living in an average town and meets a woman who “loved him more and more”. We can see how time passes through days and nights and throughout the seasons. Death eventually does come and I think this poem is supposed to show how we should care about the world around us regardless of what everyone’s fate is. All of these poems are connected by their themes of how other’s view us or our views of others. They all have to do with struggles everyone goes through in life. I feel like the first poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is most applicable to our society today. With today’s standards, looks and body image is a big thing people struggle with. I feel like in every situation, people always worry about acceptance by others. I also enjoyed this poem the most as well. feel like after going through it and getting an understanding for it, this poem is really relatable.